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Win for Mawhiney

TORQ’s very talented super veteran again beat a lot of younger triathletes at Ludlow in a sprint competition, this despite the fact that his natural focus is on the longer distances (he's only just completed Ironman Wales)…

Dave exiting transition on his bike

After what has seemed to be a very long race season, it was time for my last triathlon of the year. Ludlow sprint triathlon was where it all began 10 years ago when I did my first triathlon. 2 weeks after a tough Ironman Wales, this would be a test to see if I had anything left in my legs. I was in one of the later waves of the 400m pool swim and after a good splash, was quickly out of T1 and onto the Wilier and the undulating 16 mile bike leg was underway.  

After overtaking the first 2 people from my wave, I was out ahead. Initially there were no other people to chase on the bike leg, so pacing was difficult. I kept on having to check my heart rate to try and maintain a consistent effort until I eventually started to catch people from the previous wave. Heading back was more difficult into a strong south westerly wind and I was caught by another competitor from my wave, who spurred me on to push harder! I was quickly into T2 and then onto the out and back 4 mile run.

Dave finishing the season

There were a lot of people still on the run course, which helped with pacing and after the turn around point. I tried to up the pace for the last 2 miles, but my legs felt very heavy post Ironman Wales. It was a relief to cross the finish line to win my age group and my 9th triathlon of the year. It is now a case of having a couple of weeks off before starting to plan for next season.

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